Tom Trebelhorn's five-year plan for bringing the Milwaukee Brewers a pennant fell short. And not even a 40-19 record over the final two months of the 1991 season could save his job.
Trebelhorn was fired as manager yesterday, as the Brewers continued major changes in their operation that began a day earlier, when Sal Bando replaced Harry Dalton as general manager.
"They are making changes, and they think it's time to make a change in this position, too," Trebelhorn said. "They want continuity all the way through.
"My five-year plan didn't get us to where we wanted to go. To me that's more realistic than just saying we're just making a change."
Trebelhorn won and managed more games than any other manager in team history, with a 422-397 record that included three winning seasons, one loser and one at .500.
L Seventeen games under on Aug. 4, the Brewers finished 83-79.
Gene Tenace, Bando's former roommate with the Oakland Athletics during their run of three straight ir,7p,19l
World Series titles during 1972-74, is being mentioned as a possible replacement. Tenace, a coach with the Toronto Blue Jays, managed them for 19 games this season while Cito Gaston was experiencing back problems.
Bando told the Milwaukee Journal he fired Trebelhorn because he thought the Brewers needed a tougher presence. Critics say Trebelhorn wasn't tough enough over the past three seasons when he's had todeal with outspoken players such as third baseman Gary Sheffield and pitcher Chris Bosio.
Trebelhorn is the third manager in three days to be fired. On Monday, the New York Yankees fired Stump Merrill. On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox fired Joe Morgan. Trebelhorn is the 11th manager fired since the start of the 1991 season.
* Tuesday night's American League Championship Series opener on CBS got an 11.6 rating, the lowest ever for a prime-time baseball playoff game. The game got a 20 share, which is the percentage of sets in use at the time. The rating is the percentage of the country's television households tuned to the game.
The previous low for prime time was 12.2 for last year's National League opener between the Pirates and Reds.